Friday, November 20, 2009

War Is the Health of the State

War Is the Health of the State

First part of an essay entitled "The State," which was left unfinished at Bourne's untimely death in 1918

by Randolph Bourne


To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war [World War I] brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of thought. In times of peace, we usually ignore the State in favour of partisan political controversies, or personal struggles for office, or the pursuit of party policies. It is the Government rather than the State with which the politically minded are concerned. The State is reduced to a shadowy emblem which comes to consciousness only on occasions of patriotic holiday.

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